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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/17/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone! I've been living with MS for almost 8 years now but this is my first time posting here. I was diagnosed at 15. First started on avonex, then switched to copaxone about a year later and was doing great on that until this past year where I was having frequent exacerbations and my doc saw progression on my MRI and decided I should switch medications. I began Tysabri in October and have been exacerbation free since which is a milestone for me!! My main symptoms are leg weakness, horrible balance, and fatigue. I currently graduated from college and am having a hard time with choosing a career. Basically, I would love to be a nurse but don't know how to go about this since I know this job would require a lot of standing and walking which I may not be able o handle! Are there any nurses here on the board who have MS that can give me some advice??? I'de really appreciate it! Thanks for listening!!

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 5/17/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a nurse but I do believe we have some in the medical field.  I think you will have to pace yourself and rest when you can.  I hope you feel at home here and we're so glad you are joining us! :-)
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 475
   Posted 5/17/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thursday p.m.
Congrats, Mishelta!!!
You should be tough enough for a well person to accompish what you did....
Go get 'em.  John

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   Posted 5/17/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on all that you've accomplished so far! I'm not a nurse...but...maybe a school nurse? Do those still exist?  When I was a kid (a LONG time ago!) there was a nurse who was at our school maybe 2 days/week...and I'm guessing at other schools on other days....she didn't move around the building, but had a couple of rooms office space that she used.  Maybe that's something to consider.  Or a researcher?
I hope you find some way to use your new skills!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 5/17/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome mishelitsa. I hope you will hear some things here that will help.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 5/17/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Go for it. Just b/c you have this disease doesnt mean you cant follow you dreams. With a nursing degree you can do alot of other things not just only hospital work where you are on your feet all day. How about what a wonderful job that the nurse that works for ms life lines. She comes to your house and teaches you how to do your injection.(when she came to my house, i thought to myself what a nice job for a nurse) Shes a nurse and she doesnt stand all day, . Home Health nurses have nice jobs too. You could be in management, there are alot of other jobs for nurses. I say do it. I have a PT degree and i do not practice anymore because i, like you , have weekness and balance issues with this ugly disease,i work as rehab support/sales for one of the worlds largest manufacturers of power wheelchairs. I love my job. And it is perfect for me now in my life. I felt the same way when i was diagnosed. I felt  as tho my degree was useless anymore, but it is not. It got me this awesome job! I say DO IT if that is what you want to do! Thats awesome! Go for it! Things will work out!
Good luck and congrats
Dx Dec 06, Rebif,44mcgs 3 x wk, Baclofen

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   Posted 5/17/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW Mischelts!!

CONGRATS!!! U've done quite well for ur'self...even without MS as John pointed out!! U"r right...the nursing field may be a tough go for u with the known leg weakness, but maybe some other area of med that wouldn't take so much from u?? I know...WHAT area would that be??? ;) Take u'r time and don't just rush into anything just yet...u have plenty of time to get there...even tho u may not feel that way at u'r young age now!

Welcome to the board! I'm really glad u've found us and hope u'll feel u can ask any questions u'd like. This is a great group of people who're ready and willing to help any way they can. Take good care of u'rself and let us get to know u! Again, welcome!
Co-Moderator, MS Forum
*~*Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.*~*

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 5/20/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I'm almost embarrassed to admit this with what probably seems like all of my dumb questions - but I am a nurse (just not a neuro nurse).  I work on an adult critical care floor in a level one trauma center.  I work 12 hour shifts and stand a great deal of that time.  I  am not currently diagnosed with MS but pretty sure that is what is going on.
My advice?  Go for it - follow your dream. With the meds that you are on (and symptom free?) probably you could at least get your two years of med/surg experience in, and once you have that experience, the doors are wide open.  As an RN, you could do many different positions - most of which do not require the long shifts standing on your feet.  I'm back in school because I'd like to get my masters and be a Nursing instructor.  If this is MS, the job would be Monday-Friday, school hours with at least some down time at the desk - I think it's do-able.  Memory loss - well that could be a problem, but right now, note pads work great for me :).  In the meantime, I'm thinking towards home health - you can sit down to chart, you've got time spent in your car driving from location to location, you basically make your own schedule which is great with the flexibility, on call usually once a week and the pay is phenomenal.  There is also nurse educator, which someone else mentioned, or, you could work your way into administration, which is also pretty well paid and more desk related, but still with the option of some patient care, on your terms, when you visit your floor to help out.
The most important thing is the two years med/surg experience.  Then, you can specialize - choose a field and make it your baby.  I personally love med/surg, and I've been reluctant to leave the hospital, and probably won't any time soon.  But I am thinking of other areas in case things get worse.  The best part?  The demand is huge - once you have your license, you'll never hurt for a job.  You can travel (travel nurses make between $35 to $60 an hour with housing paid), you can do anything. :)
Good luck!

New Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 5/25/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading all of your messages and feel at home already. I was diagnosed with "possible ms" in 2000 and was well for 7 years. about 6 weeks ago my symptoms came back although some different. I never had eye pain or twitching of the arm before. I had an MRI 2 weeks ago that came back normal "that was a fun 4 hours!" And last week they tried and failed to do a lumbar punch. I am supposed to go back thursday to try again while under radiograph. They want to do this so they can decide which meds to go on. Is this normal? Should I go on meds if they are not 100% sure what it is?
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